An Antigo family is eagerly awaiting their new home to be finished being built. Theirs isn't just any home, the Crums are the partner family in the latest Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County build.
Kyle Crum, who has been in a wheelchair his entire life, is used to getting from point A to point B on wheels, but he hasn't always found the accessibility he needs, not even in his and his wife's home.
"There was some trouble trying to find an affordable home that would suit our needs," said Crum's wife Amber.
They heard about Habitat for Humanity, which provides safe and affordable housing for families, and applied.
"When we found out that we were gonna be the partner family for this build, we were very excited," she said.
The home is entirely handicapped accessible, which will make Kyle's life much easier.
"It's an open floor plan so that there's really no hallways to deal with, it's just a straight shot throughout the house. All the doorways are wider so that my chair will fit. There won't be any issues there. The bathroom has a walk-in shower which is amazing," Kyle Crum said.
The attached garage also makes getting in and out of the vehicles safer, particularly in the winter. The home also has higher electrical outlets that Kyle can reach and because there is no basement, concrete exterior walls to keep the family safe during a storm.
"That always made me nervous because if he was home by himself we didn't really have any safe place to go for him," Amber said.
As part of their deal, the Crums must make monthly mortgage payments and put in a certain number of sweat-equity hours.
"They have been an absolute delight to work with. Kyle has done what he can in working on various projects with the house and he's been a great person on the phone with getting volunteers," said Paul Grinde, president of Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County. "Amber's been out here swinging a hammer and sweeping a paintbrush," he said.
Habitat, which functions through cash and in-kind donations, is currently looking for a family to help in 2014. Eligible families must live in inadequate housing and meet certain economic guidelines.
Until then, volunteers will put the finishing touches on the Crum's brand new home and could use more volunteers each Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Crums are expected to be in their new home by the end of October. To learn more about Habitat or apply to be a partner family, log onto www.habitat.org.
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